The IJF will award a bonus prize money pot of $220,000 with the male and female judoka with the most ranking points for the calendar year each scooping $50,000 apiece.
The 12 remaining world number ones at the end of 2018 will each be awarded $10,000.
Guram TUSHISHVILI (8102 points) is the standout male judoka for 2018 while fellow world champion Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (8256 points) was the leading female judoka last year.
Most male ranking points 2018: Guram TUSHISHVILI (GEO) - $50,000
Most female ranking points 2018: Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) - $50,000
Remaining world number one’s on 31 December 2018:
-48kg: Daria BILODID (UKR) - $10,000
-52kg: Amandine BUCHARD NORDMEYER (FRA) - $10,000
-57kg: YOSHIDA Tsukasa (JPN) - $10,000
-70kg: ARAI Chizuru (JPN) - $10,000
-78kg: Guusje STEENHUIS (NED) - $10,000
+78kg: Idalys ORTIZ (CUB) - $10,000
-60kg: Robert MSHVIDOBADZE (RUS) - $10,000
-66kg: ABE Hifumi (JPN) - $10,000
-73kg: An CHANGRIM (KOR) - $10,000
-81kg: Saeid MOLLAEI (IRI) - $10,000
-90kg: Nikolz SHERAZADISHVILI (ESP) - $10,000
-100kg: Varlam LIPARTELIANI (GEO) - $10,000
Judo’s 2019 season opened last week with the inaugural edition of the Tel Aviv Grand Prix and resumes next week with the Paris Grand Slam from Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 February.